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August 28th, 2014
08:45 PM ET

Lawmaker: We have to execute a smart strategy to defeat ISIS

(CNN) - It's too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. "We don't have a strategy yet."

Obama said he's asked America's top defense officials to prepare "a range of options" about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria, which he described as "a safe haven" for the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

The President's remarks follow days of speculation about whether the United States had a plan to go after ISIS in Syria.

"We need to make sure that we've got clear plans, that we're developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard," Obama said. "But there's no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done."

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  1. Jake Worth

    Start by revoking all passports of citizens that left to fight for terrorist groups. They should,t be allowed back into the country. But we don't protect our southern border so the President and hobo security does not take this serious.

    August 29, 2014 at 10:21 pm | Reply

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